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Title: Cannibalism and the optimal sharing of the North-East Atlantic cod stock: A computation model
Authors: Armstrong, C.W.
Sumaila, U.R.
Keywords: Bioeconomics
Fishery resources
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 1998: 4
Abstract: This paper shows how intra-stock relations, such as cannibalism and growth enhancement, define the optimal sharing of a fish resource between heterogeneous harve sting agents. The sharing of resources between different vessel groups is often left for political decision making. Nonetheless, such decIsions may have both biological and economic consequences. This becomes quite clear when different harvesting groups exploit different sections (age groups) of a stock that has intra-stock interactions in the form of cannibalism. A two-agent bioeconomic model with cannibalism is developed and used to determIne (i) optimal annual harvest sizes (T ACS) for cod, and (ii) the optimal proportion of the T AC that should be harvested by the trawler and coastal fleets. Applying biological and economIc data in a numerical procedure, and comparing the results obtained to previous studies, it is shown that the presence of cannibalism has a significant impact on who should take what proportion of the T AC, and hence, the standing stock size and discounted economIc rent achievable. In sharp contrast to other studies, we find that the optimal harvest requires that both trawlers and coastal vessels should harve st the fish resource. In addition, the results indicate that from a bioeconomic perspective, the existing trawler fleets harvest share in the cod fishery is too high.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/276
ISSN: 0804-3639
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